Edom Art Emporium packs an eclectic selection of art by area artists into their little shop located in a renovated old gas station in downtown Edom, Texas.
Three artists head up operations of the emporium — soapmaker Trystan Rhys, painter Kerian Massey, and metal sculptor Randy Martin.
They have a large gallery, a showcase room for smaller fine items and a full pottery and art studio. They hold classes in a variety of mediums including creating copper lilies, leaves or water fountains; pottery, vases, and mugs; basic and advanced illustration, watercolor and acrylic painting and scratchboarding; soapmaking; and succulent care and arrangements. Other classes in the works include jewelry making, stained glass, sculpting, weaving, knitting, sewing, and creative workshops.
Get to know many of the artists and their works found at Edom Art Emporium. To purchase and learn more about the emporium, go to www.edomartemporium.com or call (903) 714-7414.
Pictured above is “At Peace With Life” by J. Howard. Born in Houston, she says she works diligently to combine a love for helping others with a love for artistic expression.
“Recognizing that color is important in the food we eat; the clothes we wear; our homes; our cars; and even our pets,” she says, “I like to point out that there is a great deal more to color than what meets the eye because it communicates.”
Kerian Babbitt- Massey
Kerian Massey’s “Peacemobile” is featured on the cover of the May/June 2020 County Line Magazine. She is a graphic artist and illustrator by trade but puts brush to canvas whenever an idea sparks in her mind. She wants the viewer to be a part of her work, pulling their own feelings and history out from its depths. Her work is as weird and eclectic as she is, covering animals, cars, chairs, shoes, people and funky ideas. Her take on the normal items gets bent by her love of surrealism and imagery, bringing the viewer on a small visual adventure.
“There is a sense of freedom in creating something, no real rules, except for the ones you abide by, “Kerian says. With each painting her definition as an artist gets deeper and more complicated. You get to see small pieces of her heart embedded into each canvas. It’s her favorite form of extroversion without ever saying a word.
Phil Clymer is a self-taught stained glass artist based out of Tyler, Texas. He has an original technique he created where he creates a mosaic of items and then adds them to his stained glass assemblage. Phil worked in a small studio back in 1976, after about two years of making sun catchers and other items. The economy was not so good for artists at that time so he was forced to take a real job, he says. He now creates much larger pieces and incorporates items such as marbles, stones and sliced agate into his pieces.
Dan and Lori Dudley
“Goddess” is by Lori and Dan Dudley. The Dudleys have collaborated in art since they met in 1988.
They first enjoyed hours together water coloring handmade Christmas cards for friends and family. Dan designed props for theme parties while Lori decorated show rooms at the World Trade Center and each would assist the other.
Dan’s love for cartooning soon turned into an animation business and Lori became project manager for Dan Dudley Cartoons which they co-owned for 11 profitable years. Meanwhile Lori studied massage therapy and rediscovered clay, a skill from her 20’s in West Virginia.
Hope Enochs is a native Texan who for as far back as she can remember has always had the desire to create. With no formal instruction in technique and no guidance towards a specific style, Hope began to paint using acrylics and ink while in her forties. Her work is reminiscent of her love of color and her childhood delight of drawing comics.
Ramona Freeman says, "I’ve been motivated to express myself and evolve and grow as an artist since my childhood — relaxing with pencil and paper, listening to others’ perspectives and observing, exploring and growing from self-doubt to confidence. I love the impact of the elements of design, the student and viewer process of moving from uncertainty to recognition and joy, the revelations in the texture of clay, the way paint makes its own statements, and the triumph of hand and mind working together.
"I’m comfortable moving from the contrast between working with clay to the various mediums in paint then on to working with pencil, partly because of the varying textures and unique challenges each presents and partly because each energizes me as an artist with its unique opportunities for expression. Although some of my work has been compared to Cubism, I try not to confine myself to a single fixed style. I like choosing different mediums and materials to match subject matter or feelings which may result in a realistic, modern or even abstract presentation. The work itself is my primary delight."
Sharon Grimes of Longview, Texas, is a self-taught contemporary abstract artist whose art is expressed with vivid colors and vibrant energy in all of its textures and layers.
She first became interested in art at a young age and grew up loving to sketch people, animals, and surroundings. In her early 20's, her passion for art blossomed as she was inspired by the many galleries and museums she frequented in London while living abroad for a year.
It is fascinating to see how she ventures onto a new project with a birch panel that is constructed for her locally, with a 2-inch cradle. For her artworks, Sharon uses quite a selection of products, and describes her work as Mixed Media. She likes to make marks with pastel, charcoal and finally oil sticks. She always has gold leaf on hand as well as an assortment of pencils, pens and sharpies. She never knows what the painting will call for from moment to moment. She wants to be prepared to respond.
Sharon was a 2014 Hunting Art Prize finalist. Her work has been described by Sara Eyestone, artist, writer and curator of La Posada de Santa Fe and Spa, as a “feast for the eyes.”
Don Hollis is a ceramic artist. He studied ceramic arts after retiring from the corporate world in 2009. It started when he discovered clay on his property. Making a simple bowl shape out of the clay and firing it next to a tree stump to be burned, began his quest to find out how to do it better next time. Now after many dozens of books, videos, and a lot of trial and error in the studio, Don has used his self-taught knowledge to transform his clay into bowls, birds, torsos and abstract sculptures. The work is hand-formed using pinch, coil, and slab techniques. His glaze recipes are his own and mixed from scratch. Don uses a cross draft wood-fired kiln as well as an electric kiln to achieve his signature “pit fired” look and one-of-a-kind glaze colors.
Kacy Latham is a native Texan, and received her BFA in Theatre from Midwestern State University where she discovered her knack for design and painting in her scene design classes. She works primarily in abstract using acrylic and found materials on canvas. Her work explores a philosophical quest for wonder and meaning and a search for the truth within the facade.
Kacy is also an experienced muralist, illustrator and giant puppet builder. More recently, she curated the Storybook Attic Exhibit in conjunction with the International Children’s Literature Festival for the Center for Contemporary Art in Abilene, Texas. Currently, she is working on a public art project in bringing more than 50 new murals to her rural hometown of Munday, Texas.
Coy Lothrop’s educational background includes two associate degrees, one in Advertising and Graphic Design and the other in Fine Arts, an invitation to attend the Royal College of Art in London, United Kingdom, and a place in the top 5 percent of his class at the University of North Texas. His professional career includes working in the creative design industry as a visual designer, illustrator, creative director, and educator.
Coy is a graduate Studio Art major at the University of Texas at Tyler with an emphasis in oil painting. His current work presents the viewer with an intimate, yet present-day interpretation of the genre of painted portraiture. His portraits address emotional, universal truths and attempt to illuminate shared societal issues through the human countenance.
Currently, Coy is teaching at Kilgore College as a professor of Advertising and Graphic Design, where he has served and advised for 19 years. He plans to continue pursuing his education, ultimately obtaining his MFA in Studio Art and faithfully serve the higher educational system.
Monica Lubiani creates unique pieces of art utilizing many types of kiln-formed glass. She works with vibrant colors to create dimension and movement in every piece she makes. She also shares her passion with students through workshops and private instruction.
Mary Long is a potter and ceramic sculptress originally from the Dallas area. Mary moved to Murchison after retiring in 2018 to pursue working as a full-time artist after teaching in both Garland and Mesquite ISD as an art teacher. Currently she is an Educational Consultant for Garland ISD teachers. Mary loves to combine hand building techniques and altered wheel thrown shapes.
Her work most recently has shown in The Best of Texas Clay Show (Texas Sculpture Association), The ASH International Art show, and the Art 39 Show at Texas A&M Commerce.
Randolph W. Martin
Randy Martin is an East Texas artist who has been finding his creative side full-time for more than 25 years. He has worked in many mediums over the years, but now works in steel, copper and brass. Many of his works are kinetic, inspired by the movie Twister. There’s something about balance and natural movement in his art. It’s almost like it’s communicating with us.
The moving sculptures are figures in his mind that represent all cultures, but his all time favorite is the Shaman. More female than male because of her ability to give birth, she is a more sensitive creature represented by mystics, healers, advisers and leaders.
"Today we call them doctors, nurses, teachers and spiritual leaders of all faiths," Martin says.
He also likes creating ancient warriors and hunters, the protectors and providers for the community.
Matt is a local up-and-coming artist who has a knack for turning found metal pieces into works of art. He incorporates bike chains, gears, and other moving parts into familiar creations, including scorpions, snails, crabs and other fun creatures. He is also developing into a fine sculptor with more refined angular cubes and larger intricate designs.
Les Mitchell studied basic pottery techniques at Booker T. Washington School of the Arts in Dallas. After graduation, he developed his wheel throwing skill while apprenticing under Michael Obranovich, a specialist in functional stoneware. He then concentrated on Raku while working with Randy Brodnax, a teacher in investigational techniques in pottery. His work is exhibited in shows and galleries throughout the country.
Nic is a Texas-based sculptor who has gone on to harness a rebellious and tenacious need to succeed on his own terms. Growing up immersed in the punk rock, skateboard and snowboard culture of the Midwest, Nic’s passion for art and design has led to over a decade and a half of notable achievements, installations, competitions and exhibitions.
He placed in the first winter X-Games (1997) for snowboarding and went on to study pliable materials engineering which led to patenting a new ‘center-point concave’ skate deck that remains the industry standard today. Continuing to apply creative insight with an understanding of physics, Nic designed and built indoor and outdoor skate and snow parks. In his early 20’s, with much of his body broken, he left the skate and snow industry to pursue his other passion, a career in fine art.
Nic has participated in many sculpture competitions, solo and group exhibitions with respected galleries and art centers nationally and works with numerous charities and arts initiatives to improve our communities and lives through art. Nic has enjoyed teaching graduate level 3D art at Hardin Simmons University and continues to foster the growth of young talent through apprenticeships through McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. Nic has owned two retail galleries, both highly regarded in their respective communities, garnering a ‘best art gallery’ award in 2008 for his successful alternative art space and studio concept in Galveston, Texas, that incorporated a half pipe, tattoo shop, gallery and studio.
After 20 plus years teaching middle school and high school, Riedel retired and moved to East Texas with her husband. With retirement came a desire to explore the ceramic sculptor inside herself.
"One of the ways I intend to do this is to finish my MFA in Ceramics at Texas A&M University in Commerce," she says "I already have a BFA with a specialization in 3D art from Texas Tech University and a M ED from Texas A & M, Commerce. Both lend themselves to my other desire, which is to teach and share my knowledge and background with others.
"My work is focused on identity. I have been the caregiver of my mother and my husband, who both suffer from dementia. Being with my mother in her living facility has allowed me to interact with the elderly and I realize they are often forgotten Because they are not part of social networks they are rarely seen and their stories not heard. I try to give voice to this in my work."
Inspired by her genuine love and respect for others and the planet, Rhys uses pure essential oils, organic botanicals, sustainable plant oils, clays, and activated charcoal, to formulate recipes that will nourish your skin and be kind to our earth. Her natural and organic skin care products contain no artificial, or synthetic ingredients, and no GMO’s — just natural ingredients produced by mother nature.
October Soap handcrafts its organic soaps using the slow cold process method, which means no external heat is used so the natural ingredients are preserved as much as possible. Each bar begins with organic extra virgin olive oil, organic coconut oil, and sustainable organic palm oil. The soap bars only use fragrant organic spices/herbs, purifying earth clays, activated charcoal, and pure essential oils for their exceptional skin care benefits.
Adam Schriefer is from Chapel Hill, Texas. He mostly does lichtenberg (electrical wood burning) art, but has recently been dabbling in acrylics. The lichtenberg images the electricity produced are super cool in their own right, but he’s been adding paints and stains to give them even more personality. Self proclaimed to not be good with a pencil or brush so this type of art is considered to be somewhat accidental. You can’t do exactly what you want with it, only somewhat guide it. Recently he's attempting different techniques of acrylic pouring, yet another art form that works for him in the somewhat accidental category, he says. Both require tons of trial and error to harness an adequate guiding ability for an expected outcome.
Mike Tate says he always attracted to wood working activities, but never really got involved in creative wood working until after retirement.
"I got my first taste of wood turning while visiting a friend in Florida. He suggested I try my hand at turning a pen. That went pretty well. A year later the same person invited me to turn a bottle stopper. After that I was hooked on wood turning. I purchased a midi lathe and set to work learning the art of wood turning. I also joined the East Texas Wood Turners Club of Tyler. Like most folks I started with pens, bottle stoppers and small bowls. After a few months, I moved up to a full size lathe and began turning out larger items.
"At some point I was invited to take part in a local craft fair and I was gratified to find that people liked my work enough to pay money for my turnings.
"Most of the wood I use comes from trees in the local area which have been brought down in storms, taken down by homeowners or just died of some cause. I will purchase unusual woods from time to time that cannot be sourced in the local area.
"I think there is something almost magical in being able to take a chunk of nondescript wood and turning into a thing of beauty. Wood turning is a never-ending process of trial, error and learning. I intend to continue wood turning as long as health, age and the Lord allow me to."
Casey Kieth and Rachel Williams
Casey Kieth and Rachel Williams are a husband and wife artist team who churn out some extremely fun portraits. They cover a wide variety of people from all walks of life. From celebrities to babies and everyone in between, they capture the essence of life in a moment and put onto canvas. They collaborate to create custom commission pieces from a family photograph.
Aly Winningham’s Terra Firma Studios is a collaboration of glass, metal, kinetics, love, expression and frequently obsession. Aly’s journey as an artist has given her the opportunity to embellish a wide range of settings with the beauty of custom installed mosaic art. In Aly’s colorful studio she transforms her fixations into mosaic wall hangings, ceramic sculptures, mobiles and other creations both large and small for her fellow wayfarers to ogle.